Month: December 2018

Follow in the Footsteps of the Literary Greats in Paris

Follow in the Footsteps of the Literary Greats in Paris

Which literary buff hasn’t stood in front of the Opéra Garnier and been tempted to burst into song à la Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera? Which child (or parent) hasn’t gazed up at the awe-inspiring façade of the Notre-Dame cathedral, without imagining Quasimodo […]

One Step Closer to Paradise : the Heavenly Frescoes at San Maurizio Church in Milan

One Step Closer to Paradise : the Heavenly Frescoes at San Maurizio Church in Milan

Regardless of how long or short your stay in Milan is, there is one sight you absolutely must not miss. Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most stunning discoveries in the city is to be found behind the inconspicuous-looking doors of the […]

Wining and dining in unforgettable style chez Septime

Wining and dining in unforgettable style chez Septime

If I were to say that getting a table at Septime is comparable to winning the lottery, or finding a €50 note on the pavement, I’d be exaggerating only slightly, but oh gosh it is well worth jumping through all those hoops to try for a reservation… This Michelin-starred restaurant continues to be one of the very best places to eat in the whole of Paris, and is showing no signs of losing its momentum or letting too many cooks spoil the broth – far from it. (more…)

The Smallest Cocktail Bar in the World – BackDoor 43

The Smallest Cocktail Bar in the World – BackDoor 43

Blink, and you miss it. If you didn’t know it was there, you would walk straight past the hidden entrance to what is claimed to be the smallest bar in the world in the midst of Milan’s buzzing Navigli district, without a clue of what […]

Tripping the Light Fantastic at the Atelier des Lumières Museum

Tripping the Light Fantastic at the Atelier des Lumières Museum

The Klimt exhibition at the newly opened Atelier des Lumières in the 11th neighbourhood of Paris has been the undisputed runaway success of the season. Shortly to close after having been extended through to January, the doors of this unique space will reopen on February […]

Revealing Banksy’s Invisible Superpower at Milan’s Mudec Museum

Revealing Banksy’s Invisible Superpower at Milan’s Mudec Museum

Incognito street artist who has inadvertently become a legend of our times, or anarchical body intent on running rings round the establishment? Shrouded in mystery and conundrums, the phenomenon that is known as Banksy is considered a true genius by most, and is grudgingly admired by even the more cynical minority. (more…)

Tales of the Unexpected: Braving the Catacombs in Paris

Tales of the Unexpected: Braving the Catacombs in Paris

Labyrinthine subterranean passages, chilling tales of macabre carryings-on and spooky anecdotes of bones transported across the city. What better time of year than a bracing autumnal day to take a deep breath and plunge into the depths of the sinister Catacombs, sixty feet below the […]

Seeing Paris in a Brand New Light at Christmas

Seeing Paris in a Brand New Light at Christmas

Whether you know the capital like the back of your hand or are planning your very first holiday in Paris, Christmas is undeniably one of the most magical times of the year to take to the streets and meander on foot around the aptly-named city […]

Milan’s annual International Crafts Fair – “Made in Italy” at its best

Milan’s annual International Crafts Fair – “Made in Italy” at its best

Date for the diary – there are a host of great reasons why a trip to Milan in December should be on everyone’s Bucket List. An absolute “must-see” if you are visiting during the first couple of weeks leading up to Christmas is the seriously terrific “Artigiano in Fiera” International Crafts Fair, which traditionally takes place during the first ten days of the month. It’s a larger-than-life sight to behold: the show brings together over 3,000 artisans and small producers from all over the country and beyond, showcasing an embarrassment of the riches that make Italy so very great. (more…)

Scaling the heights – soaring above the rooftops of Milan’s Duomo cathedral

Scaling the heights – soaring above the rooftops of Milan’s Duomo cathedral

It’s well-nigh unthinkable to envisage a trip to Milan without catching at least a glimpse of its number one attraction, the jaw-dropping cathedral in the very centre of the city. The Duomo is to Milano what Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, […]

Top 10 Restaurant Recommendations near the Louvre

Top 10 Restaurant Recommendations near the Louvre

Well, you’ve got to start somewhere, so the Louvre it has to be – and for good reason, it’s the most-visited museum in the world! Renowned for being one of the trickiest of them all to navigate indoors, with over 380,000 objects on show, the […]